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Creative Autobiography: A First Person Account Of Henry David Thoreau

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May 5th, 1862My Account Through Better and WorseI write this memoir to provide a firsthand account on my life, free from the bias views of other authors. This account is to provide a clear insight of my life and to present my thoughts on certain philosophical views that I have helped compile. My dear friendship with the Emersons through my college life at Harvard will be included in this piece. To gloat and take pride is not my purpose for writing this passage, but rather to clarify what my life resembled and to discuss my points of view for a better world free of the painful shackles of government and to embrace nature for what it is.My life began on July 12th, 1817 to my parents John and ...view middle of the document...

And when I was forced to strike children, I immediately resigned from my teaching career (Gradesaver 1). I personally think my departure from teaching was an excellent transition to my more natural self. If this would not have occurred, I would not have met my good friend Ralph Waldo Emerson.Emerson and I met through his sister-in-law Lucy Brown (Chou 1). Lucy observed my scientific journals and noticed that Emerson and I have similar views on nature and science (Chou 1). When Ralph learned of this, he demanded for me to join his nature club. We came to be the early pioneers of the theory called Transcendentalism. The world was viewed in two parts, the soul of life and nature. That man belongs to one universal and presences known as the oversoul. This theory included works of Materialism, Romanticism, and man's role in nature.A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers was my first, official, published work (Gradesaver 2). It was about a delightful boat trip my late brother John and I took (Gradesaver 2). In my own words, it was a great document that provided historical background and my philosophical views united by a beautiful sense of poetry (Gradesaver 2). Unlucky for me, it was disastrous at bookstores. I had originally purchased one thousand copies from the publisher, and only two hundred and nineteen were purchased by the public (Lewis 2). This hindered my confidence and left me with over seven hundred copies of the same book.When my brother John died from lockjaw in 1842, I decided to live with the Emersons (Sauder 1). For the time I spent there I was their handyman and I frequently tutored their children (Sauder 1). I stayed with them for over two years until I decided to embark on my Walden experience. Emerson had purchased a plot of land at Walden Pond and allowed me to reside there during my Walden experience (Sauder 2). I built a shabby house from old boards and bricks with a budget of about twenty-eight dollars (Thoreau...

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